Friday, September 21, 2012
Building owner files suit against Charlestown's celebrity chef.
Todd English apparently owes nearly three quarters of a million to a Charlestown property-owner for rent unpaid while Olives remained dormant after it’s 2010 fire—which reportedly caused about $200,000 worth of damage. The Boston Globe reported Friday that Carey Realty and City Square Holdings filed a claim this month in Suffolk Superior Court declaring that English owes $723,000 in back rent, and missed payments on the debt in August and September. The lawsuit also blames the 2010 fire on poor maintenance by the restaurant’s staff. “The fire was caused by Olive’s negligence in failing to clean the grease from the duct work that served the premises, allowing it to accumulate and become combustible,” the complaint said. “After the fire, …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
An E! television "docu-series," will include scenes following Charlestown's most famous chef, Todd English.
Todd English, whose Charlestown Olives location reopened this year after a long stretch of inactivity, will soon return to your television screen—though this time he'll be on basic cable instead of PBS. The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that English will be one of several personalities profiled in an upcoming "docu-series" about New York restauranteurs. The show, according to The Herald, will also include Anna Boiardi. Boiardi, heir to the Chef Boyardee supermarket pasta empire, also wrote “Delicious Memories: Recipes and Memories of the Chef Boyardee Family.” More at the Boston Herald.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Strike comes shortly after the restaurant's grand opening.
On Saturday, July 7 around 3 a.m., officers responded to Olives at 10 City Square for a report of vandalism. According to a police report, the general manager and bar manager, who were both on the premises, said they saw a white male in his early 20s with light brown hair throw a brick at the front door of the restaurant. The brick cracked the glass and damaged the door’s metal frame. The vandal then grabbed the brick and threw it again—this time at a front window. The strike cracked the window, and the managers told police that the suspect fled down Park Street toward Warren Street. Officers checked the area, but were unable to find the suspect. The Todd English restaurant, which had long been closed after a May 2010 fire, recently …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Celebrety Chef Todd English was in Charlestown last night to celebrate the grand reopening of Olives. English took to the open kitchen to prepare some of the dishes himself while a crowd of VIPs (including, for reasons we still don't understand, your Charlestown Patch editor) squeezed together around the central bar. The dishes heavily featured olive oil—which made its way into even the night's signature cocktail. The Grand Opening marks the end of the restaurant's long saga toward reopening, which was marked by frequent, unfufilled promises to the Boston Licensing Board that openning day was just around the corner.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Five Things You Need To Know Today, Wednesday June 13
1. Olives valet. At 7:00 PM on Monday, June 25th at the American Legion Hall, located at the corner of Adams and Chestnut Street, the Basic Services Committee of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will hold a public hearing on the application of Olives to designate parking spaces in front of the restaurant for valet service only. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please call committee chair Bill Galvin at 617-242-3862. 2. Free cooking class. Help prepare your lunch; receive the recipe to try at home and learn how to cook from a trained chef. 3. Boston City Council Weekly Meeting: The City Council will meet for their weekly meeting in the Ianella Chambers on the fifth floor. This meeting is open to …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The atmosphere has also improved, according to Thrillist.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Or would you rather see something else in the same space.
Olives has reopened after a long absence from Charlestown’s dining scene. Restaurant staff welcomed friends and family during a soft opening this weekend, and the doors will open today to the general public, according to an assistant general manager answering the phone. Across twitter and food blogs, people have posted positive reactions to the news—but Chef Todd English has not always had the warmest of responses in town. One reader on Facebook responded to the news with “BOO, I bet it won't be for long!” and a previous poll on local attitudes about the restaurant revealed that a vocal minority of Charlestown’s population don’t care to see the restaurant reopened. Now that it has, though, we would like to reassess people’s feelings. So, …
Friday, April 27, 2012
No one at the restaurant will answer the phone, but the paper is down and we have reports of people inside. It looks like Olives has rejoined the neighborhood.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Long-shuttered restaurant may be nearing opening day.
Olives may have everything it needs to open its doors. Following news of the restaurant’s hiring day Monday, we checked with the Boston Licensing Board to find out if it had granted Olives its most recent license extension request. A representative of the board told us that the extension had not only been granted, but that someone from Olives had picked up the license on April 10. The board representative reported that all of Olives’ permits had been approved. A phone call to Olives reached only the restaurant’s answering machine, which has remained unchanged for weeks. We also sent Olives an email. That request for comment also went unanswered.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Long-shuttered restaurant changes its message.
Anyone who calls Todd English's Olives today will get a different message than they would have as recently as last month; the recorded female voice on the answering machine says that the long-shuttered restaurant staff hopes to open "any day now." For months, the woman answering the phone had told callers that the restaurant should be open in the next couple of weeks. Then, briefly last week, attempts to call the number triggered a message that the number was not in service. The line has taken on its more optimistic message following a meeting last week when English told the Boston Licensing Board that his eatery needed just one more inspection before it could open. The restaurant itself, he said, has been ready—a claim that has been …